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Building a Bridge Between Business Fishermen and The General Public

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Building a Bridge Between Business Fishermen and The General Public

The contribution of the fishery is not just the benefit from the industry, but also a culture, belief and lifestyle. Taiwan has one of the highest densities of fishing ports in the world, with a fishing port every 7.5 kilometers. However, the business fishery is still mysterious for most people, as most don’t know a lot about how different fishing methods work, what kind of species make up the seafood market, how the fishing activity affects our marine environment, and what kind of fishery management regulations exist.

At the same time, although Taiwan has taken conservation measures for coastal and offshore fishery resources in recent years, the effectiveness of resources rebuilding is unclear. Many initiatives, such as marine protected areas (MPAs), are frequently opposed by fishermen. Therefore, to listen to the fisherman's voice is an important way to bridge the gap between the general public. Sustainable use may enable the public to provide more insightful advice on conservation and sustainable industrial development.

Pei reviewed management measures and interviewed 313 fishermen by purposive stratification and snowball sampling in past two years in northern Taiwan, and found there were different perceptions of threat in different groups of fishermen (age, fishing effort and fishing method), which may cause a negative impact to the marine fishery resources and the different opinions toward fishery management regulation.

Pei conducts surveys in Taiwan in efforts to understand the perception of threat to fisheries.

Pei conducts surveys in Taiwan in efforts to understand the perception of threat to fisheries.



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#urchindiverforaday with Hannah Bassett

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#urchindiverforaday with Hannah Bassett

This past fall I started working with sea urchin divers in Southern California to develop a research project that would put my skills to good use and provide valuable information to inform future management efforts for the fishery. Nate Rosser is a Commissioner on the Sea Urchin Commission, an organization that represents California's sea urchin divers, and he was generous enough to invite me out to shadow him on a short fishing trip to the Channel Islands. With gorgeous weather and an opportunity to experience the hookah diving process in depth, I took hundreds of pictures over those two days! I wasn't able to follow him underwater on this trip, but I still captured his entire above-water process - from motoring out, finding a spot, getting geared up, and finally hauling in the harvest. It was a great experience and incredibly informative.

I continue to talk with people involved with the fishery and develop my research project and will share more about this later, so stay tuned. In the meantime, Nate has put my pictures to great use. Over the past couple of weeks, Nate has posted a series of photo collections on Instagram where he takes viewers on a virtual tour of a typical dive trip, as shown by my photos. While his posts still represent just the tip of the iceberg of what goes into his work and the extensive knowledge he and other divers have about sea urchins and the California coast's marine system, they give a beautiful look into the life of an urchin diver!

Check out the #urchindiverforaday hashtag on Instagram to see more photos!

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Farquhar Awarded a Fulbright

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Farquhar Awarded a Fulbright

Sam Farquhar has been awarded a Fulbright to Madagascar to study the social impacts of recent shifts in fisheries policy and the designation of a locally managed marine area. She will be working alongside Blue Ventures for 9 months from March to December in the Barren Isles.  

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